In 2019, a new minor professional basketball league, The Basketball League (TBL), would make its debut. That is a story in itself but the real kicker is that the league, not a team, but the league itself is owned by a black woman, Evelyn Magley.
As co-founder and CEO of the newly-formed TBL, Evelyn becomes the first black female CEO of a male professional sports league in North America. Talk about obliterating the glass ceiling.
“I am thrilled to start a league that treats our players with the greatest level of respect thereby impacting our community in a manner that is consistent with our faith, by serving those who need it most,” says Magley.
She is joined in this venture by her husband, retired NBA player David Magley, who serves as president of the organization. The league would provide a platform for players, who for one reason or the other, are unable to the NBA or G-League to have another opportunity to play basketball professionally and paid anywhere from $1,500 to $7,500 per month.
In addition to this, TBL will also provide support to the community through philanthropic initiatives, youth camps, clinics and nonprofit organizations. The league will also give individuals an opportunity to own a professional sports business for a relatively low amount.
Evelyn, apart from marrying a sportsman, is not new to the industry. She served as the former director of community engagement for the Brampton A’s of the NBL Canada. A music educator and music therapist, Magley has a passion for positively impacting the lives of young people.
A graduate of the University of Kansas, she has always looked for ways to ease the burden of the disadvantaged. These efforts include the co-founding of “Children with Purpose,” an inner-city ministry focused on mentoring children through the gospel, academic services, hot meals, and music; construction of a $3.7 million Fine Arts building in Bradenton, Florida to house and educate students in a music programme.
“She brings a unique vision with over 40 years of experience introspectively participating in the game while being married to a pro athlete and raising 4 children who played collegiately. Her passion for people allows us to build on a vision of impacting the community through giving young men opportunities that do not exist today, then leveraging our platforms to engage each local market to benefit the youth and non-profit initiatives she is so very passionate about.” her husband and partner, David, said of her.
We hope her story of zeal and compassion inspire others to remember those in need as they themselves go about blazing trails.